Better not look too nice ? Employees' preferences towards (un)likeable managers

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Recent research shows that, all else equal, most people prefer likeable colleagues. In this article, two experiments are employed to analyze preferences with respect to (un)likeable superiors. We thereby focus on perceptions of likeability based on appearance rather than as a behavioral characteristic, which allows us to concentrate on the impact of quick, unconscious evaluations in zero-acquaintance situations. The results indicate that, all else equal, managers of higher perceived likeability are less preferred than managers of lower perceived likeability. Such likeability-aversion emerges among male and female respondents, affects male and female managers, and holds both for preferences expressed from the perspective of employees ( Experiment 1) or a HR department ( Experiment 2).
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)875-884
Aantal pagina's10
TijdschriftThe Leadership Quarterly
Nummer van het tijdschrift5
StatusPublished - 2014


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